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DATE: August 17, 2000

CONTACT:  Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Stephanie Richards, 901/333-4368

STCC's AmeriCorps Team Plans Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; Event to Highlight Program's Services 

A new wheelchair ramp complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, is in store for Mrs. Dora Hill, 87, 1603 Wilson Street, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 22. Hill is getting the ramp and other much needed home improvements through a community revitalization program that is being spearheaded by Southwest Tennessee Community College's AmeriCorps team.

The Hamilton Neighborhood Initiative is designed as a fix-up and cleanup project for individuals involved with the STCC AmeriCorps Program. The project target area is bounded by South Parkway on the north, Airways on the east, I-240 on the south, and Elvis Presley Boulevard on the west.

Dr. Jim Willis, Vice President for Workforce Development, the division that oversees AmeriCorps, will cut the ribbon signaling the first phase of the renovation for Mrs. Hill is complete. Willis said the purpose of the ceremony is to highlight the College's commitment to the AmeriCorps project, and to encourage residents in the target area to take advantage of the free services offered by the program.

The AmeriCorps Program is based at the STCC Union Avenue Campus. Since 1998, the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service has awarded more than $300,000 to the project. Annually, the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development provides matching funds to the program.

This community outreach initiative addresses planning, redevelopment and safety. Objectives of  the project include implementing neighborhood and safety planning programs; helping residents to effectively participate in their own community revitalization; strengthening and coordinating efforts to improve the environment of neighborhoods; providing minor repair services for eligible residents; and increasing community awareness of safety issues.

For more information about the Hamilton Neighborhood Initiative, call STCC  at 333-5298.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.